Mark 3:20-22

Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”

And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebub! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.”

This text struck me this morning in devotions. Jesus is opposed by those who should be in greatest agreement with Him, because they were closest to Him—His own family and the teachers of Torah [the first five books of the Bible, Genesis to Deuteronomy; the books of Moses; the Law of Israel]. Surely his own family should support the ministry of this Rabbi as He heals the sick and casts out demons, and one would think that the teachers of Torah, who are the religious authorities and those supposed to know most deeply the mind of God, would be in touch with Jesus’ divine mission.

Yet neither are. They say, “He is out of his mind”, and, “He is possessed by Beelzebub!” That causes me to stop and pause, to think carefully about my own perspective on Jesus. Do I really understand what Jesus is up to in His mission? If Jesus were to come today instead of 2000 years ago, would I denounce Him as performing His work through Satan’s power or being out of his mind? I find Jesus always cracking apart and breaking down—sometimes even exploding—every theological box I try to put around Him to more fully understand Him. Every time I think I’ve got a handle on where He’s going, I find Him striding down an entirely different path. I can never comprehend this infinite God-man, though I’ll pour all I have into the effort, because every new taste of understanding is sweeter than the last. I know that what I can do, what He calls me to do, is to simply follow Him down the winding trail He blazes.

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